By Ramona Smith / Published January 2023
Navigating the broadband provider selection process can be challenging. Finding the service solution for a community is one of the most important tasks a board undertakes. How can an association set themselves up for success as they embark on that journey?
They can achieve success by putting together a series of strong, frequently asked questions that they can use when speaking to and assessing potential vendors. Having these FAQs prepared as well as a glossary with common industry terms will ensure everyone involved feels equipped to take on this project!
Below you’ll see a series of questions and glossary terms to help kickstart the process.
A formal document that outlines an organization’s intent to purchase a good or service. The buyer issues the RFP to provide background information to potential vendors.
A flexible cable made of glass that transmits data as pulses of light. A fiber infrastructure provides fast, reliable, and secure internet service.
A major connection point in the fiber-optic network such as a data center.
An enclosure that provides the connection for fiber-optic cables to the homes in a community.
Multiple network routes are created as a safety net. If one goes down, the other picks up the signal without any interruption of service.
Data that is downloaded from the internet to your device like watching videos or playing games.
Data that is uploaded from your device to the internet. Upload speeds matter for activities like posting on Facebook and video conferencing like Zoom.
An internet connection that offers the same download and upload speeds.
Equipment that allows you to transmit and receive data using both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies, which is better for gaming and streaming.
The ability to monitor your home internet that includes automated network health check, security, and controls via an app.
Access points that connect to your home internet to provide coverage throughout the entire home.
Finding the right telecom service provider for a community can be overwhelming. For additional resources to help you get started or for more about our fiber offerings, please visit www.bluestreamfiber.com.
Director of Community Development, Blue Stream Fiber
Ramona Smith is director of community development for Blue Stream Fiber. She has a wealth of knowledge in the telecommunications industry, having previously worked for Comcast and AT&T. During her tenure she has worked very closely with hundreds of homeowners and condominium association boards, property management companies, and developers. Her extensive experience has given her a deep understanding of the unique challenges that associations face and how to come up with custom solutions that work for communities of all sizes. For more information, contact Rsmith@Bluestreamfiber.com, call 813-853-4637, or visit www.Bluestreamfiber.com/bulk.